Are you considering getting one or more dental implants? If you have a missing tooth or one that cannot be saved and must be extracted, an implant is the best option for replacing it. Dental implants are considered to be the gold standard of tooth replacement. It is the latest technology available for artificial teeth, which means it comes at a price.
Dental implants can be costly, but they have distinct advantages over less expensive alternatives.
- They can last for a lifetime.
- They look and function as closely as possible to your natural teeth.
- They prevent bone loss in the jaw.
So how much do dental implants really cost? The truth is that it varies based on many factors. The average cost will usually fall somewhere between $3000 and $5000 for a single implant. Why so much? Because dental implants are made with the highest quality materials and require expertise to place.
Factors that Affect the Cost of Dental Implants
Where the actual price of a dental implant falls within the average range depends on a variety of factors, including:
- Your provider’s pricing. Every dental office will set their own prices for implants. They will most likely base it on average pricing of other providers in the area and their own cost to administer the procedure.
- Dental insurance. If you have dental insurance, your plan may cover part of a dental implant procedure. You can check with your insurance provider to determine whether or not it will be covered and what percentage or amount. You may also have a deductible to take into account. Choosing a dentist that is in-network with your insurance provider may save you some money.
- Preparatory procedures. In some cases a patient may not be ready to receive an implant. For example, an existing tooth may need to be extracted before being replaced with an implant. In cases where a tooth has been missing for a while, bone loss of the jaw may have occurred resulting in the need for a bone graft procedure before an implant can be placed. These additional procedures drive up the total cost of getting a dental implant.
- Where you live. Geographical location and cost of living will factor into the pricing for a dental implant procedure. Larger cities with dense populations will likely find higher prices in their area than those who live in small towns or rural areas.
Options for Making Dental Implants More Affordable
Knowing the average cost of a dental implant, you may realize that you do not have that kind of money available right now. That does not mean you should forgo the procedure or settle for a lesser option. Financing through a healthcare credit option or other type of credit line is one way to divide the cost into monthly payments to make dental implants affordable for any budget.
How Much Do Dental Implants Cost at Total Dental Care?
In order for us to give you an accurate estimate of the total cost of a dental implant procedure, we must first see you for a consultation. At your consultation, we will evaluate your current oral health and determine if you are an ideal candidate for the procedure. If so, we will develop a plan for the entire process from start to finish and offer you a quote.
Are you ready to discuss dental implants with us at Total Dental Care? Call 240-813-9111 today to schedule a consultation or request an appointment. We look forward to providing you with the best possible dental care.